The London Chance – MM Romance Read Online Lane Hayes

Categories Genre: M-M Romance, Novella Tags Authors:

Total pages in book: 31
Estimated words: 29542 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 148(@200wpm)___ 118(@250wpm)___ 98(@300wpm)

Two strangers, an online dating app, and a chance at forever…

After months of online correspondence with a sexy businessman, we’re finally meeting in person—in London, no less!

Okay. It’s a casual meet-up. Nothing to get excited about. I fully understand that online connections don’t always translate in person. Roman could be pompous or worse…boring.

Wish me luck!


Dinner with my online “friend” doesn’t go well. I shouldn’t be disappointed. That’s life.

But just as I’m ready to write our peculiar acquaintanceship off, Chance turns up unexpectedly at a karaoke bar. Don’t ask what I’m doing there. I have no idea. However, I don’t mind at all. It feels like the universe is giving us a cosmic redo. Sure, Chance lives in California and my home is in the UK now, but this feels like the real thing. Something worth taking a chance on.

A forever chance.

The London Chance is an MM, bisexual romance featuring an American, a Canadian, a dating app, and an unexpected HEA.

The London Chance first appeared in the H2H Charity Anthology, vol. 6. This version includes an additional original short story.

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’90s most underrated jam? Most overrated? Most perfect song?

I pondered the question with a goofy smile as I waited for my luggage at the carousel with my fellow bleary-eyed travelers. I stepped aside to make room for the harried-looking mom soothing a hysterical toddler and an older couple racing a baggage cart toward the exit. It was typical airport commotion, but exhaustion left me feeling desensitized and uncharacteristically mellow.

The flight from Los Angeles to London Heathrow had gone smoothly, but damn…ten hours was a long-ass time to be in a tin can. I’d fallen asleep somewhere over the Atlantic for an hour and that was all the rest I’d get until I collected my luggage, made my way through customs, and caught the train into the city. I still had to figure out if my hotel was close enough to walk to from Paddington Station, but that worry could wait.

So could the barrage of messages from my office and the two hundred unread emails that lit up my screen the second I powered up my phone. I knew from experience not to jump straight into problem-solving mode after a tedious flight. Those types of correspondences were best dealt with after some rest…and a few gallons of coffee. So I ignored them and slid into the Heart to Heart app deftly hidden on my cell.

I raked my teeth over my bottom lip thoughtfully. ’90s songs…hmm.

Most underrated, “No Scrubs” by TLC. Most overrated, anything by Oasis, and perfect… “Truly Madly Deeply” by Savage Garden, I typed, grinning like a fool as I awaited Roman’s undoubtedly caustic response.

He didn’t disappoint.

You’d better be fucking with me. I almost chucked my phone at the wall. Savage Garden? No way. Try again.

I liberally dotted the screen with laughing emojis. Nope. That’s my answer and I’m sticking to it. Your turn.

Roman countered with twenty eye-roll emojis before replying, Most underrated, anything by Britney, most overrated, anything by Oasis, and perfect… “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan. Mic drop.

I laughed out loud. That’s just silly.

Yeah, but it’s a jam.

Maybe we shouldn’t meet after all, I teased.

No response.

The carousel beeped and whirled to life, spewing out the first few cases. I shifted to get a better view of the conveyor and glanced down at my cell again.


I paced the perimeter of the steel luggage rack and stole a second peek at the screen.

Still nothing. No funny emojis, rude memes, or even dancing dots. A wave of disappointment and uncertainty crashed over me.

What was I doing?

This was ridiculous. I was thirty-five fucking years old. I should have been ashamed of myself for mooning over a man I’d met on a dating app…who happened to live on another continent. It was beneath me. I was in London for business, for fuck’s sake. Not a booty call.

Sure, I’d created a sales opportunity out of thin air, made a strong argument for an in-person meeting instead of a series of Zoom calls, then enthusiastically volunteered to spend ten days in London to close the deal. To be fair, this wasn’t all about Roman. I looked like a superstar to the board of directors at Masterson, Barnaby, and Klein for my initiative, and I’d avoid my ex when he finally moved his crap out of storage in my garage while visiting a country I loved. Win-win.

But if I were being completely honest, I wouldn’t have bothered manufacturing a reason to be in the UK in the first place if it wasn’t for Roman—and that app.

And here’s the crazy thing…I made the profile on a drunken dare. One of those “Would you rather shoot three more tequila shots in rapid succession or create a profile for a dating app?” Neither, but I’d been three margaritas into a happy-hour buzz with my best friend, David, at our favorite karaoke bar, so the whole thing was kind of a blur. I could remember us laughing like a couple of hyenas as we embellished my talents and interests in a tipsy stream-of-consciousness way with no real rhythm or rhyme.

For instance, fiddling with the crappy guitar I’d owned since college became “rock star in the making,” and the guitar picks and concert stubs I’d squirreled away for years became “collector of valuable rock ’n’ roll memorabilia.” David had snorted gleefully into his margarita when I’d reminded him of the Spice Girls poster I’d hung in my dorm room our freshman year at UCLA.

Somehow that had sparked a new round of silliness. And one of us…probably me—had thought it would be funny to add that I was a jet-setting bigwig who made frequent trips to the UK. We’d typed and deleted “to see the Spice Girls” half a dozen times before the karaoke portion of the night began and I immediately forgot the profile. I hadn’t thought anything of it ’cause A, drunk and B, I was sure I hadn’t pressed Save.